Friday, January 16, 2015

Raindrops - UPDATED

What comes down ... must GO up!!!
As we continue learning the water cycle ...
The children EVAPORATED ... they cut up their pictures as they turned to VAPOR
 They returned up to the sky with the help of the wind and the warmth from the sun!
 Our Water Cycle

The Water Cycle .... goes round and round the vapor goes up
and the rain comes down ....
I hope you have enjoyed seeing this lesson
sometimes I'm amazed that these kids are just in KINDERGARTEN!!!!!!

I truly enjoy being and author and my day job is thoroughly rewarding! Being a Kindergarten teacher I see amazing changes and growth through the school year. Some children go from not knowing all their letters and sounds of letters to writing sentences and reading! It is really amazing!

We have been studying water and I hope some of you saw the movie of our water filtration systems.

To begin our lessons on the Water Cycle and a quick review of Water Filtration we completed a two day project. We watched The Magic School Bus - We All Over. If you are not familiar with it -- Ms. Frizzle transports her students into raindrops ... they evaporate, become clouds, move across the globe, fall as rain in an ocean, repeat the cycle, fall as rain into a puddle, repeat the cycle and then fall into a filtration system near their school where they are filter into clean water!

After the movie we discussed the Water Cycle and discussed our water filters again. Then the children said "it'd be cool if we could make something and be inside a raindrop!"  They talked about using butcher paper, construction paper, tape, pins .... it was fun listening to their ideas.  Finally it hit me ... I was planning on making waxed paper and corn syrup raindrop (the kids paint corn syrup on a waxed paper shaped raindrop) the corn syrup beads up and you place a 2nd raindrop on top and it sticks together and looks like water on the inside ... I said to the kids "what if I take your picture and put you inside this?"  They were very excited!  So today, Friday, January 16, I took their pictures in cool poses looking like characters from The Magic School Bus.  I printed the pictures, cut them out and laminated them.

On Fridays, the children do a FUN write in their writing journals.  Today I had them use the following prompt "If I was in a raindrop ... "

The children painted their corn syrup raindrop, I added their picture and TADA ... they were inside the raindrops!  I made a storm cloud, a lake and put everything up in the hallway ...

A really fun way to introduce the Water Cycle and really get the children INTO the project!

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